We had the good fortune of connecting with Hailee Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hailee, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Towards the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, I was anxious about how I could appeal to colleges. I wasn’t involved in anything I considered meaningful, I had idle time, and I didn’t know how to get involved. Some months later, COVID changed our lives negatively, but many opportunities opened up for me. In June, I started taking on more roles in my church. In July, I became the Assistant Secretary of the Dallas NAACP Youth Council. In August, I started Aesthetic Prints, and in September, I started my junior year of high school. Thankfully, I added on more responsibility at a slow rate but it was still a struggle to plan out my weeks ahead. Now, almost a year later, my studies have become more challenging, and I am now the Secretary of the Dallas NAACP Youth Council. Even with those enhancements, I don’t have any issues with planning and carrying different responsibilities. I have gotten to a point where I have enough time for myself, school, business, and other duties because I carefully planned my time and did assignments promptly.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Aesthetic Prints is a photo printing and framing company. We specialize in 4in by 6in photos and frames. We make bulk prints, framed photos, thank you cards, bookmarks, collages, and stickers, all of which are printed on Canon glossy photo paper. All of the items as mentioned earlier can be customized, and we encourage new styles and ideas that we haven’t presented. Especially being a young entrepreneur, it is very unusual to see such a business. Photo printing is generally commercial, but I wanted to offer an experience to my customers, one that is very specialized for their needs, executed well, and timely.

In August of 2020, I knew I wanted to own my own business, but I didn’t want to do anything typical, like cosmetics or clothing accessories. To brainstorm, I assessed my resources and my interests, so I really enjoy photography and I had access to a photo printer. From there, I started with two frames and custom photos, and over the last few months, I expanded into custom thank you cards, bookmarks, collages, and stickers.

At first, it was hard gaining a customer base because I am a quiet person and that was reflected onto my business. Asking people to check out my business or reaching out to people to help promote my business was nerve-racking because I don’t like bothering people. Additionally, I always worried about coming up with new ideas and better services, but I had to teach myself patience and organization so I could have longevity for my business.

Making this business was to prove to myself that I could do it and be successful at doing so. But truly, I really just want the young, smart, and less-confident kids like me to know that it is possible to do unique things and create a business. They have the ability to make unique businesses and make change at a young age, so I hope my efforts inspire them to do the same.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is so much diversity and great places to eat and hang out in Dallas, even amidst COVID. For newcomers, I would encourage them to go to the Arts District. In one area of downtown, you can see historical sites, art museums, parks, and good food sprinkled throughout. If you want a more authentic representation of Dallas, Deep Ellum and all of its live music, comfort restaurants, and cute shops is a very well-balanced place everyone can enjoy. For cool photo ops, all of the previously mentioned in addition to the murals and scenery of Bishop Arts, the Museum of Illusions, XOXO, and The Dallas Botanical Gardens are great choices.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would really love to give thanks to my parents and my family. They have been supportive of my ideas and goals my whole life, and they gave me overwhelming support when I wanted to start my business. Without them, I wouldn’t have done so. I also want to shoutout all of my peers who are so inspiring and supportive aswell because their wonderful work encouraged me to do my own.

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hailee-hall-96ba651a3/

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